Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad recipe | | This might be (in my opinion) the best salad recipe I know. This salad is a meal in itself. It’s the kind of salad that you’d serve at a baby shower or a bridal shower, and everyone will be asking for the recipe. It’s a family favorite. Doesn’t it look so good?!

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad - so good! find the recipe on

The recipe is at the bottom, but I thought I’d give you a little of the HOW TO in pictures, with a bit of commentary.
Here are the main ingredients lined up, minus the chicken. As well as the salad’s dressing ingredients. I make two batches of the dressing, one for marinating the chicken and pasta in overnight. and a second batch for tossing the salad with right before serving.

Asian Chicken pasta salad - How To - recipe on

Toast the sliced almonds and the sesame seeds (separately) in a dry hot pan.

Here are all the ingredients minus the dressing and the marinated pasta and the chicken in a big bowl ready to be tossed with the chicken, pasta, and dressing.

asian chicken pasta salad - before -

And here it is all tossed together! Oh, it’s so good. I hope you make it.

The Recipe:

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

1 box bow tie pasta
4 chicken breasts cooked & shredded or all the breast meat of one rotisserie chicken
1/4 Cup green onions (sliced & diced into oblivion)
1/2 pack sliced almonds – toasted
1 bag spinach (stems removed)
1 sm. bag pea pods
1 can Mandarin Oranges (drained)

The Dressing (double this into two batches)
1/4 Cup Sesame seeds (toasted)
1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
1/3 Cup Red Wind Vinegar
1/3 Cup Veg. Oil *or Sesame Oil is great here too
2 TBS. Sugar
1/2 tsp. S & P

Marinate chicken & pasta in the dressing in the fridge overnight.

* It’s helpful to under cook the pasta a bit. Al dente would be perfect.
Toss altogether right before serving with round two of the dressing.

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  1. Emily says

    Okay, it's 1:30am in the morning but I'm craving Asian chicken salad. This looks so good! I definitely need to make it!

    • Nancy says

      You don’t mention the sizes of the various packages or the sizes of the chicken breasts. I find that the sizes vary greatly. The pasta is cooked before marinating, right? The salad looks really good. Thanks for the recipe

      • says

        I would say about 2 cups of shredded cooked chicken and yes! …the pasta is cooked before it is marinated. Thanks! It’s a great recipe!

  2. Becky, yep says

    Rats, now I have to go to the store.

    funny that Shauna likes it with lots of pasta and I like it with lots of spinache!

  3. Ruth H. says

    This looks really, really yummy. I haven't had breakfast yet, but I want this already. I love asian salads, so I'm printing this out and making it tonight!

  4. amanda says

    I love that recipe. It's so yummy!! I use sesame oil in mine. Have you ever tried that? It gives it a really good flavor.
    I love all the recipes. I've never thought of using a rotissere chicken like that. I'm going to have to try it.
    Does the chicken dry out in the fridge??

    • shari says

      I was wondering if you did less or half and half when you use the sesame oil (in place of vegetable oil)….I LOVE the smell and flavor of sesame!

  5. tammy says

    Looks yummy. I make a salad like that with a Teriyaki dressing and peanuts added. I'm going to have to make both versions I can tell.

  6. megan says

    looks so yummy and fresh. I have enjoyed all your rotissere chicken recipes. I love how you can just get them at the store all finished and no roasting the chicken is needed. You can have a fresh gourmet meal fast.

  7. Susan says

    There are so many variations of this recipe, but this is the first time I've seen it with bow tie pasta and spinach. I've seen the recipe with Ramen Noodles and Napa Cabbage. I also love the Mandarin Oranges in it. I'm going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  8. Marianne & Clayton says

    Ha- I do the same "chop it into oblivion" thing with tomatoes when I make salsa. They are necessary for the flavor, but I don't like biting them.

    I had this salad at a baby shower and yes, I have really been wanting the recipe. Thanks!

  9. Erin says

    My mouth is watering now! That salad looks soooo good. Once again I'm loving your pictures of food. You should work for a food magazine.

  10. Shaunee says

    Mmm… I'm for sure going to make that and try to impress people. My question is, do you need to undercook the pasta since it marinates overnight? I didn't know if it got mushy or anything.

  11. Kami says

    Amanda & Shauna – I too usually use Sesame Seed Oil, not sure why I forgot that part. It really is so good in this recipe. I will edit now.

    Shaunee – Yes, good point. It's a good idea to under cook the pasta a bit. Al Dente is ideal.

  12. sara b says

    This looks so good! It just may be Sunday dinner. I have a similar recipe but I have to say this looks better. I think I'm throwing out the old one and adding this one to my file.


  13. Kristin says

    I made this last night – It was SO tasty! I didn't wait to marinate overnight, it might have had more flavour though, but it was still yummy, I also added some sesame oil and julienned the sugar peas. Oh and I used rice vinegar because that's what I had on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Marie {Make and Takes} says

    Oh, Kami! You're making me want to start cooking again! These are so super yummy. I'm loving chicken week!

  15. kelly gibson says

    i made this tonight, and it was delicious! i'm linking to this post on my blog. thanks for sharing!

  16. Sarah says

    Making this without the chicken (since I'm doing the vegetarian thing). Looks delicious and know my kids would love it!

  17. Penelope says

    This looks absolutely delicious! I have a family gathering tomorrow that is pot-luck style, so I'm going to make this. Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it!

  18. Kate says

    This recipe was WONDERFUL, my kids (2 and 4) loved it too! I love the dressing/marinade, I think it would be great on pork chops or chicken grilled. Thank you for sharing! I will be making this again soon.

  19. Candela says

    Yum! I just made this tonight and it was delicious! It’s funny, I bought the green onions but I forgot to add them. The salad still tasted great :) Thanks for sharing!

  20. Amy says

    I made this tonight…….so good! My family loved it. I decided to salt and sugar the almost and they were GOOD! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I needed a good Asian Salad in the mix!

  21. says

    I want you to know that this was my FAVORITE salad of 2010 ( I even commented up there)! I made it all the time, and my family loved it, too. And then sometime the next year I somehow forgot about it, and lost the recipe. I got hungry for a salad today, and remembered how good this one is…and have been furiously searching post after post for the last half hour, trying to find this one. You have no idea how many Asian chicken pasta salads come close, but not close enough (or how many variations a search engine can bring up of that name and/or the ingredients…there weren’t that many back in 2010).

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE this recipe. Enough to search a half-hour for it. Thanks for sharing it! :)

  22. Carolyn says

    This looks really good! Should I double the recipe for the dressing or split in half for the overnight marinade and the dressing?

    • says

      I’m confused by your question.

      I double the recipe for just the dressing. one batch to marinate the chicken and pasta in the fridge overnight and the second batch is for everything else right before you toss and serve.

      • Carolyn says

        Kami, that answer helps. I will half the recipe for just me. I’m looking forward to it for my lunch at work this week.


  23. Dina says

    can I marinate this tonight (Thursday night) and prepare it for Saturday Afternoon? (I don’t have time to make it Friday night

    • says

      Hi Dina! It would be better to marinate Saturday Morning for a few hours rather than a day and a half. If you marinade too long, you risk making the chicken tough.

  24. Jessica says

    I have had this pinned forever and just made it tonight the whole family loved it. I didn’t realize you needed to marinate the chicken & pasta overnight which I am sure would make this even more delicious. However we made it with a rotisserie chicken and just tossed everything in a bowl with the dressing. It was awesome & I am sure will become a staple in our weekly menus. Thanks for sharing!

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